Nanette Burstein produced and directed her first feature length documentary, On
the Ropes, about three young boxers fighting their way out of Bedford
Stuyvesant, New York. On the Ropes was theatrically released nationwide and won
many accolades including an Academy Award nomination, the Director’s Guild of
America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, the IDA (International
Documentary Association) Achievement Award for Best Feature Documentary, and
the Jury award at the Sundance Film Festival.
she produced and directed the five part series Say in Loud: A Celebration of
Black Music in America in collaboration with Quincy Jones. Interviewing over a
hundred musicians including James Brown, BB King, Ray Charles, Al Greene, Snoop
Dog, Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah and Wylcef, the series wove the history of
black music in America over the last fifty years. It aired on VH1 in October
Nanette Burstein co-produced and directed The Kid Stays in the Picture, the
critically acclaimed feature length film about the legendary Hollywood
producer, Robert Evans. After premiering at Sundance and the Cannes Film
Festival, the film was widely released in movie theaters around the world,
receiving many of the Critics’ Awards. It also aired on HBO, and was released
Burstein directed an hour-long film about Olympic gold medallist, Marion Jones
for Nike and NBC. The documentary tracked Jones for one year, as she gives
birth to her baby boy, struggles to get back in shape to make the US Olympic
Track Team, and finally, weeks before the Olympic Trials, finds herself at the
center of the largest steroid scandal in this country.
Burstein executive produced and created the ten episode reality series, Film
School. The series followed four New York University Graduate film students
through the entire making of their “calling card” student films and trying to
win one of the prestigious Awards at the NYU film festival. The ten episode
series aired on IFC with great critical acclaim including 9 out of 10 ten stars
in TV guide and Entertainment Weekly’s top five shows of the year.
In 2005, Burstein Executive Produced a one-hour pilot for AMC entitled Autobiography. The Pilot episode is the autobiographical tale of Hollywood luminary, Dennis Hopper. After rave reviews, Turner Classic Movies bought the pilot and series rights. Burstein is currently producing three more celebrity biographies to begin airing on Turner next year.
Burstein produced and directed her third feature length documentary, American Teen. A real life teen movie, it intertwines four classic teen stories about seniors at the same high school in Middle America—the Mean Girls story, the Sports story, the Romeo and Juliet story, and the nerd story. The film is in theaters July 25, 2008.
Her directing credits include:
Burstein also directs commercials including campaigns for Nike and Footlocker.